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The Long Minute Sunset


The Long Minute is the next in a series of landscape sunset photographic artworks commemorating the end of 2013 and the beginning of the New Year.


This amazing shot occurred by using a camera setting that most people try to avoid.   I speak of the dreaded shutter speed.  If you take pictures, particularly of children and pets, then the shutter speed setting on your camera is a potential best friend.


For those new to photography, the shutter speed setting on your camera is the speed that shutter on the lens of your camera opens and closes when you push the button.  The longer your shutter is open the more light is let into the lens and displayed to the sensor in your camera.


This is why pictures of dogs and children often appear blurry.  If the shutter speed timing is wrong, the shutter stays open and lets in too much light.  So, when the dog moves, you capture his entire movement instead of part of his movement in a single photograph.  Bingo, you have a blurry photo.


But let’s use this fact artistically.  If I place a tripod and camera on a beach at sunset and take a picture of the event, I will usually choose to set the shutter speed to allow me to take the picture with crystal clarity.


However, if I let the shutter open on my camera for 10 minutes, the waves continue to come in and the sun will continue to set and clouds drift by.  So the light reflected off those surfaces will strike the sensor in my camera producing an artistic and usually blurry unusable image.


But, if I set the shutter speed to one minute, then I still get the reflections of the waves and the blurriness also.  But wait, a minute isn’t long enough for the light to vastly change or the clouds to drift by so we have a minimum of movement.


The result is the image of The Long Minute, a tranquil exposure example of a full minute’s exposure on the beach during a spectacular sunset.


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Abstract Photography: Waves Thru Time

This week I’ve discovered that inner muse for the realm of abstract art.  As a photographer/artist, I feel that the use of abstract photography is often overlooked in the artistic world.

Consider that when you take a picture with your camera you want the subject of the picture to have a crystal clear focus. It is usually touted that an essential need for a great picture is a focused subject, proper lighting, and some form of action.  Obviously your lists of what makes up a good picture varies depending on your experience, your equipment and your artistic need.  Yet, these items remain essential for memorable photographs.

It should also come as no surprise that these essential items are also part of good art.   But let’s take a step further back and explore how abstract art breaks those important rules.

The abstract style in art and the ideal abstract form of photography begin with the same general goals.  Artists will sacrifice the subject clarity to evoke a sense of emotion. This clarity is either in the form of focus or perhaps even identification that feeds this sacrifice.  However, it’s the emotion that the work brings to the viewer that matters.   What makes this a joy and a nervous endeavor for the artist working with abstraction is the hope that the viewer of the piece will feel an emotional response to the work also.

Photography produces a unique form of abstract art.  Most pieces of abstract art you discover in a museum are paintings or sculptures. The artist renders or carves according to their whim to transform the blank canvas or rock into a quasi-identifiable or non-identifiable work.  Remember though, the need of the artist is to evoke the emotion the artist wants to discuss.  But with photography, the trick is to create a similar experience with something that is real and actually exists.

Such is the case with our new abstract work Waves Thru TimeThis work is a time-lapsed exposure of waves on a shoreline during a sunset.   Hidden throughout the work are subtle hints of pinks and oranges that highlight reflections the setting sun on the blue waters.

The picture is a unique look at the constant motion of waves and the subtle variations of blues, whites, pinks, and oranges, of a sunset over time.  A calming pattern of colors meant to dance across the picture in various highs and lows.

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The Story of Gulf and Clouds

The really cool thing about photography is that often times there is a story that goes with a particular picture.  Such is true with the picture Gulf and Clouds.

Ann and I were sitting at a bar in Key West Florida.  We were enjoying beautifully created Piña Coladas on a well deserved vacation.  It was one of those magical moments where you could feel the warm breeze, hear the ocean, and smell the salt of the water.

Our fabulous get away was suddenly interrupted by that satanic spawn of technology known as my wife’s cell phone.  I thought “Well, that ruins the moment.”  It was a text message from her co-worker asking where such and such file for a customer was.  Annoying!!!!   Hello!  She is on vacation!

Her response was to take a picture of the scenery with her phone.  She sent the picture back to her coworker with the following response.  “ I’m not in my office.  Be back Monday.  Maybe…..”

It was such a perfect response that I grabbed my camera and took the shot you see now.  Thus, Gulf and Clouds was born.

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